Friday, 6 July 2018

6 July 2018

Bolton School hosted the Bolton Children's Fiction Award Ceremony 2018. All six of the shortlisted authors joined more than 700 pupils from local schools and Bolton School's Junior and Senior Schools for a morning of talks about their books, writing and the importance of reading. Old Boy Robert Parker then compered the Ceremony itself and announced the Younger Fiction and Overall winners to a very excited audience.

The guest speaker at the "hottest Prizegiving on record" was Old Boy Mr Stuart Brooks CMG. He drew on his thirty-two year career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and current work at Chevron to fill his address with anecdotes and good advice. The evening was a celebration of all that Boys' Division pupils have achieved throughout the year.

Last weekend was busy for the Boys' Division. The school was involved in the Bolton Station Community Gala on Saturday 30 June. The school's young artists, musicians and actors provided entertainment and colour on the day, including a performance of 'My Room, My Bolton', a play specially commissioned from RoughHouse Theatre by the school and based on pupils' work around the Mass Observation Project.

On Sunday 1 July, the Boys' Division staged a museum takeover day at Port Sunlight. The event was titled The Leverhulme Festival, and involved a range of creative activities. These included arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, geocaching and a final outing for 'My Room, My Bolton'. The activities took place in several key locations across Port Sunlight.

Watch a short clip from 'My Room, My Bolton' here.

Watch a clip of the Guitar Quartet's performance here.

Girls' Division pupils in Year 8 enjoyed watching 'Mes Chers Voisins' (My Lovely Neighbours), a play entirely in French from Onatti Productions. The girls had fun watching and taking part in the interactive play while also working on their understanding of the language.

Bolton School's A Level and GCSE pupils' work was included in the Best of Bolton Schools' Art and Design Exhibition. Antonia Jameson won an Achievement Award and the Overall Winner prize at the event.

The Year 7 and 8 Athletics Teams in the Girls' Division were successful at the Town Championships. The girls coped well with the extreme heat and the teams finished second and third overall, with several girls becoming Town Champion in their events.

Ollie Evans in Year 6 at the Junior Boys' School has earned himself the Primary Engineer's Leaders Award for his invention, the 'Ollie Cap', which facilitates easy hair-washing and head massages. He collected his award at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.

Friday, 29 June 2018

29 June 2018

Bolton School hosted the second of two Civil War Education Days presented by costumed re-enactors from the Earl of Manchester's Regiment of Foote. These exciting workshops allowed pupils from local primary and secondary schools to learn more about how the Civil War affected Bolton, discover what people's lives were like, and take part in musket and pike drills for themselves.

This event comes ahead of The Storming of Bolton, a weekend of living history which will take place on Bolton School grounds over the weekend of 7-8 July 2018. Both days will include an exciting battle re-enactment. For full details, visit the School website or watch the trailer on the Earl of Manchester's Regiment of Foote blog.

Two members of the Ice Maiden expedition - the first all-female team to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast using only muscle power - joined Bolton School pupils to talk about their expedition. They gave an inspirational presentation, talking about how they overcame the difficulties faced in training and when they reached Antarctica, and encouraging pupils to find their 'Antarctica'.

The Lower School production of Ernie's Incredible Illucinations was a huge hit. Alan Ayckbourn's comic play about Ernie, a boy whose active imagination causes his "illucinations" to become real, was brought to life by a vibrant and lively cast.

On 30 June, Bolton School will help to mark the 50th anniversary of the last day of steam power in Bolton on 30 June. The school will be represented at this community gala by a stall and art exhibition. Pupils will also perform music and put on the second production of 'My Room, My Bolton', a play based on pupils' work around the Mass Observation project.

Old Boys, current pupils and staff celebrated 60 years since the opening of a purpose-build Chemistry block in the Boys' Division and to mark the passing of Old Boy Sir Harry Kroto, who the building was named after in 2013. Several generations of chemists swapped stories and memories in the labs, and there were also lectures from Old Boy Professor Malcolm Stevens FRS and Dr Jamie Gallagher, a special lunch, and even a 'Buckyball' cake in honour of Sir Harry's discovery, Buckminsterfullerene.

The Boys' Division PA has once more funded a variety of initiatives to improve boys' experiences in school. These include a brand new Bola cricket bowling machine, a replacement cricket-style Pavilion clock for the refurbished Tillotson Pavilion, music stands, and a learning support environment.

The Bolton School Ball was a huge success, raising a stellar £19,000! Over 360 guests enjoyed a spectacular evening with a 1920s Gatsby theme, featuring live music, aerobatics, a silver service dinner, a Heads and Tails game, and dancing. The money raised will go towards bursaries for girls and boys who begin their studies in Year 7 of the Girls’ or Boys’ Divisions at Bolton School and towards projects run by the two Parents’ Associations, who organised the event.

Friday, 22 June 2018

22 June 2018

Bolton School recently unveiled a new video which shows our all round education, ensuring that pupils are 'life-ready'. Click here or press the play button below to watch it in full:

Over the weekend of 7 and 8 July, the grounds of Bolton School will be transformed into a battlefield from the English Civil War for a spectacular free event, recreating "The Storming of Bolton". Cannons will fire, drums will sound, and swords will clash as costumed re-enactors from The Earl of Manchester's Regiment of Foote stage two exciting days of battles and fascinating 'living history'. This event is free and open to the public.

Watch a trailer for The Storming of Bolton here, or find out more about about the Earl of Manchester's Regiment here.

In September, the Girls' Division will host the prestigious Girls Go Gold Conference, an annual event organised in conjunction with the GSA, which is attended by sportswomen in Years 10 to 13. The day's keynote speakers are Sam Quek MBE, GB hockey Gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 3000m and 5000m Olympic athlete Eilish McColgan. Themed around "Where Sport Can Take You", the Girls Go Gold Conference promises to be an inspirational and motivational event.

A Creative Arts Day in the Boys' Division and at Manchester Art Gallery celebrated the recent submission of the School's Case Study for Platinum Artsmark status. In school, boys enjoyed interactive sessions with Old Boys Hadley Stewart and Alex Greenhalgh and a workshop with screenwriter Jon Brackley. In the evening, pupils gave the inaugural performance of 'My Room, My Bolton', a play inspired by the 1930s Mass Observation Project, as part of the School's 'gallery takeover'.

A team from the Girls' Division won first place in this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Manchester and District Chemquiz. The four pupils will now go on to represent the region at the national Top of the Bench competition next year.

Earlier this month, four Girls' Division pupils in Year 8 also achieved second place in the University Challenge at the recent Salters’ Festival at Manchester University, creating an almost perfect one minute stop-clock using the reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid.

Girls in Year 6 and Year 8 discovered more about life in the RAF when an interactive roadshow visited the Girls' Division. The demonstrators used gaming, video clips, Virutal Reality and a fun flight simulator to help pupils to understand the training and career paths available.

Pupils read their work aloud at the Girls' Division Poetry Festival, which also featured readings from Simon Armitage. Enjoy pupils' readings again with this series of videos:
The Concert Band recently visited Brownlow Fold Primary School, where they put on a performance for the pupils. This was the first of several community music primary school visits taking place before the summer holidays.

In sport, Olivia Maguire has placed ninth nationally in the Junior Girls' Javelin Competition at the English Schools' Athletics Association Finals in Birmingham, where she represented Greater Manchester. Hollie Asquith has been named Espoir (Ages 12-13) British Solo Dance Champion 2018 after a tournament held in May. The Federation of Artistic Roller Skating (FARS) announced that she has also been selected to represent GB at the European Cup later this year. Anna Phillips has been selected to play in a tournament in San Sebastian in early July with the Manchester City Development Squad.

The final of the Parents' Association Future Entrepreneurs (PAFE) competition took place with four teams pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. Each team had created a product to help Year 6 pupils to transition to secondary school, with a focus on mental health and improving resilience. They impressed the judges with their flair, creativity and presentation skills.

Former Bolton School pupils were invited to come along to an Alumni Networking Event focused on The Future of the Creative Arts in a Digital Age. The 'takeover' of Manchester Art Gallery featured as its highlight Old Boys Mark Radcliffe (Class of 1976) and Tony Wadsworth (Class of 1974) "in conversation" with fellow Old Boy Adam Woolley (Class of 2013). There were also creative performances and exhibitions from current pupils.

Watch their discussion here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

The Friends of Bolton School Choir hosted an evening concert in the Arts Centre to raise funds for Speakeasy, a Bury-based charity specialising in helping people with aphasia. They performed hits from the musicals and shared the stage with current pupils and alumni. They raised £600 in total for the charity.

Finally, Bolton School Services Ltd turned 25 years old this month! BSSL currently employs 166 personnel and through an eclectic range of businesses using school buildings and facilities has put £5m into our bursary pot.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

25 May 2018

The last week of term proved to be a busy one! On the very last day, despite the rain, Junior Boys attracted a large crowd of well-wishers, including the Bolton News, onto the Levels as they set off on their annual fun for charity.

Y8 and Y6 girls enjoyed a flying visit from the RAF Roadshow and visiting author Sufiya Ahmed, who wrote Secrets of the Henna Girl, told girls that if they have a passion, they should never give up.

Earlier in the week, future female entrepreneurs in Year 9 were encouraged to pitch their ideas in a Girls' Division Parents' Association event whilst boys and girls in Year 6 were also encouraged to consider their future in a Careers Carousel.

Both the Boys' Division and Girls' Division were commended for their GCSE results by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, whilst the review was in of Boys' Lower School interpretation of Alan Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations.

Y8 girls, as part of their post-exam activities, also learnt about a range of career options as visiting professionals, including former pupils, talked about their working lives. And voting hotted up in the Bolton Children's Fiction Award as a little friendly competition between the Girls' Division and the Boys' Division took place. The write-up and video of the Audience with Ken Heathcote, a GD Parents' Association event, was also posted.

There was also sporting success to reflect on when current students and alumni helped the GB Water Polo team (U19s) qualify for the Euro Championships and there was individual success for Y5 girl Dinburgh who became the U11 N-W Gymnastics Champion and was called up to the national squad.

Finally, the Sixth Form boys performed one final good deed before leaving on study leave when a fancy dress fun run sought to raise funds for Wipe Your Tears.

Friday, 18 May 2018

18 May 2018

The week ended with celebrations in honour of the Royal Wedding. The Nursery, Nursery Class, Infants and Junior Girls all embraced the party atmosphere with picnic lunches and dressing up.

Two showstopper cakes in the Girls' Division Bake Off final were also inspired by the Royal Wedding. The six finalists pulled out all the stops to create delicious and creative bakes, and the judges' job of choosing Year 7 and Year 8-9 winners was harder than ever before.

View a gallery of photos from all rounds of the Bake Off here.

The annual Football Festivals for Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 took place on the Bolton School pitches, with teams from more than 50 local schools taking part across two days. Both the Festivals enjoyed good sportsmanship from the players.

Girls' Division pupils studying history at GCSE and A Level had a special visit from an English Civil War musketeer. 'Obadiah Watt' came from the year 1649, the middle of the Civil War, and answered all of the girls' questions about the period - sometimes with surprising answers.

The Junior Boys took a trip to Liverpool to see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at World Museum and learn more about China's first Emperor. The boys discovered more about burial rituals, found out about Chinese dynasties and saw several objects which have never visited the UK before.

Friday, 11 May 2018

11 May 2018

The Boys' Division U18 water polo team won the School's thirteenth consecutive title after winning the national finals of the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) competition. The School has dominated in all three age groups for the past four years.

The May Serenade was a wonderful celebration of the musical talents in the Girls' Division. The evening offered a varied programme featuring Girls' Division and Joint ensembles, soloists and choirs. Awards from the annual Music Festival were presented and a new tradition began, with the previous year's winners passing down the trophies to their successors. In addition, there was a breathtaking display of GCSE and A Level coursework from Art and Technology subjects.

Click the following links to watch a selection of musical pieces from the May Serenade:

Pupils in the Boys' Division learned more about the founders and benefactors of Bolton School in a special assembly to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Lord Leverhulme, who jointly re-endowed both Divisions in 1915 to create the Foundation that exists today. However, this year's assembly focused on two more modern additions to the School: the Tillotson Pavilion and the Chemistry Block. Both were built sixty years ago in 1958.

A member of staff from BSS Leisure has recently completed a Premier League Cycle Challenge, visiting twenty clubs in nine days - and covering 840 miles by bicycle! Mr Pete Lambert started in Newcastle and finished his epic journey in Watford. He was raising money for READY, a disability sport charity offering specialist equipment and sporting opportunities for young people under the age of 21, and has already collected over £2,000. Donate here via JustGiving.

Eight musicians from Bolton School performed at Bolton Parish Church as part of the church's lunchtime concert series. Pupils' varied musical efforts were much appreciated by the audience.

Bolton School has released a new video showing how pupils leave with an all round education. Watch it on the School website here or click the play button below:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

4 May 2018

The Girls' Division hosted a Poetry Festival featuring poet Simon Armitage this week. The event included pupils from all year groups reading their own creative work, which had been written throughout the year, followed by an inspirational address from Simon himself. In addition, he read a wide selection of his own work and offered commentary on the background to each piece. The floor was then opened to questions, which he answered candidly.

The cups and colours assembly in the Boys' Division recognised pupils' successes, often on a regional and national stage. Almost 60 boys received awards as part of this celebration. In addition to full and half colour for traditional sports and the Arts, there were also colours for Outdoor Pursuits for the first time. Dominic Hardy received a new trophy, the Trevor Pledger Award for Volunteering in Sport.

A group of Girls' Division pupils in the Physics and Astronomy clubs visited Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry to take a closer look at astronaut Tim Peake's Soyuz descent module, which returned him to Earth in 2016. They also saw the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wore as he travelled into space as well as various other exhibits.

Sixth Form Boys received an insight into the Cowgill Holloway apprenticeship scheme recently from Cowgills partner Lisa Wilson and Old Boy Adam Flynn, who went on to the apprenticeship after finishing his A Levels in 2016. They were able to give students tips on the application and interview process and Adam could talk about the skills he found useful and what the apprenticeship is really like.

Boys' Division pupils in Year 10 were put through their paces on an Army Leadership morning. The Army North West Outreach Team offered a carousel of challenging activities designed to improve boys' teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills as well as their resilience. They enjoyed thinking on their feet and working together to complete the tasks set.

Pupils from both Division were involved in the Royal Northern College of Music's Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival. Members of Bolton School's Senior Concert Band became part of a massed wind band for rehearsals and a performance on Sunday 22nd April. They also enjoyed a performance from the RNCM's Wind Orchestra.